Life

By Taniya Dutta 


An Indian mother astonished doctors when she gave birth to country’s second ‘Mermaid baby’ but lost it just four hours later.

The baby born with fused legs was born with a rare condition known as ‘Mermaid Syndrome’ or Sirenomelia.

It was the second such case in the country and fifth in the world.

The baby’s 23-year-old mother Muskura Bibi had given it natural birth on Wednesday morning at the government-run Chittaranjan Deva Sadan Hospital in Kolkata in eastern India.

Muskura Bibi, for whom it was the first pregnancy, had not undergone sonography and only learnt about the baby’s condition when she first saw it after birth.

Dr Sudip Saha, child specialist at the hospital said: “I had never seen such a baby before. It is the first case of Sirenomelia in the state and second in the country.

“The baby had normal formation in upper part of the body but below the waist its legs were fused together. The lower part was not developed completely.

“We learnt the mother had not undergone ultrasound sonography throughout gestation. The parents are a labour couple and had not sought proper medication during pregnancy due to lack of money.

“Due to lack of proper nutrition and improper blood circulation to the baby from mother can create this kind of abnormality in foetus. Unfortunately such babies do not survive.”

Because of the rare condition that made it resemble the mythical creature, the gender of the baby was impossible to be determined.

In 2016, a woman from Uttar Pradeash in northern Indian had given birth to first ‘mermaid’ baby in the country but it had survived for only ten minutes.